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Girl Scouts Organization Bravely Defends Inclusion of Transgender Members Amid Calls for Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies

 
 
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 A teen Girl Scout named Taylor posted an eight-minute video online protesting the Girl Scouts for allowing a 7-year-old transgender kid from Colorado to join the organization last year. Taylor is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies until the Girl Scouts officially bans the inclusion of transgender members because, she says, it goes against “scout values.” The New York Daily News reports:

"Why is GSUSA willing to break its own safety rules and go against its own research findings to accomodate transgender boys?" Taylor says.

"Unfortunately, I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does my safety and the safety of my friends. And they are doing it with the money we earn for them by selling Girl Scout cookies.”

The video was posted to honestgirlscouts.com, a group that encourages the Girl Scouts to eliminate sexual education and insist on a return to the traditional values listed in Girl Scouts of USA Congressional Charter that includes the words "qualities of truth ... purity."

The video, which received more than 100,000 hits as of Thursday morning, sparked response videos from people praising the Girl Scouts for allowing transgender kids into troops.

In Colorado, one mom, Amy Thieme, told 9News that she is using the video to encourage people to buy more cookies to voice their support for the trangender scout, Bobby Montoya, and the Girl Scouts.

To their credit, the Girl Scouts have not backed down, refusing to give in to such bigoted demands:

"For 100 years, Girl Scouts has prided itself on being an inclusive organization serving girls from all walks of life. We handle cases involving transgender children on a case-by-case basis, with a focus on ensuring the welfare and best interests of the child in question and the other girls in the troop as our highest priority," a Girl Scouts spokeswoman told the Daily News in a statement.

The iconic cookie sales raise money for scout activities year-round.

"As a beloved American institution, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a natural target for those seeking to draw attention to themselves or their cause. It's important for everyone to know that nearly 100% of the proceeds from these sales stay in the local market and are used to fund programs for girls."

Last year, three Girl Scout troops in Louisiana disbanded after Bobby was admitted into the Colorado troop.

"If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout," the chapter said in a statement at the time.

AlterNet / By Rania Khalek

Posted at January 12, 2012, 10:25am

 
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